Under 3,000 Metres
The Executive Committee also confirmed the principle of a decision taken on 27 May 2007 to prohibit FIFA national team matches being played at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres above sea level for medical and sports-ethical reasons, with the tolerance set at under 3,000 metres. In accordance with a specific request by the Bolivian football association, which CONMEBOL has backed unanimously, permission has been granted on this occasion for it to stage the home matches of the Bolivian national team at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz. Furthermore, the executive decided that the conference on sport at altitude, which is due to be held in Zurich from 25 to 28 October 2007, should also focus on how aspects such as heat, cold and humidity can affect a player’s health.
Blatter and Issa Hayatou (Cameroon), CAF President and chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™, also informed the committee about their visit to South Africa on 18 and 19 June and reported on the very positive impressions that they had gained from witnessing the current status of preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Executive Committee also took note of a report on the inaugural meeting of the Bureau of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ on 26 June and the following decisions:
• the format of the confederations’ World Cup preliminary competitions has been approved;
• the preliminary draw will now be held in Durban on Sunday, 25 November 2007;
• the opening match and the final will be played at Soccer City in Johannesburg;
• South Africa, will be seeded as team A1 in the final competition.